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    Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Skills Group and Individual Therapy



    Beacon Therapy Associates
    11141 Zealand Ave
    Champlin, MN 55316
    Phone: (763) 250-1231

    New DBT Skills Training Group at Beacon.

    The DBT Skills Training Group meets weekly at Beacon Therapy Associates starting February 5th, 2019 at 5pm. It is taught in a 1 hour lecture style format. It takes about seven (7) months to complete all the modules once and new clients are added every ten weeks. It is recommended that clients complete all modules twice, though this isn’t required. Skills learned including mindfulness are practiced at home. Diary cards are completed weekly to assist in using skills learned and in monitoring mood as well as making changes in target behaviors. Occasional homework assignments assist clients in putting new skills into practice. Text or call David Earl Johnson, MSW, LICSW at (763)250-1231.

    What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment designed for persons with self-defeating, such as impulsiveness, problems with managing emotions, tolerating stress, self-destructive behaviors or self-injurious behavior, suicidal thoughts and actions. Diagnoses may include personality disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, eating disorders, or alcohol and drug problems.

    We believe self-destructive behaviors are learned coping techniques for unbearably intense and negative emotions. Negative emotions like shame, guilt, sadness, fear, and anger are a normal part of life. Some people are particularly inclined to have very intense and frequent negative emotions. Sometimes, the human brain is simply “hard-wired” to experience stronger emotions, either because of inherited traits or past traumatic events. Additionally, sometimes clients have mood or anxiety disorders that are not controlled by medications and thus lead to emotional suffering or vulnerability. A person who is emotionally vulnerable tends to have quick, intense, and difficult-to-control emotional reactions that make his or her life seem like a rollercoaster.

    An invalidating environment is also a major contributing factor to emotional vulnerability. “Invalidating” refers to a failure to treat a person in a manner that conveys attention, respect, and understanding.

    Clients in DBT receive two modes of treatment – individual therapy and skills group. In individual therapy, clients receive one hour individual sessions at least every 3 weeks, often weekly just to start. All clients who are in the program must also be in individual therapy at Beacon Therapy Associates. You will meet with a therapist for an intake assessment and to receive information about group rules and requirements.

    The DBT Skills Training Group is open to adults. Clients also must commit to attending a one hour weekly skills group for at least seven months, the time it takes to complete the curriculum, and individual therapy. Skills groups or classes clients learn four sets of important skills – Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

    If you are not currently involved in therapy at Beacon Therapy Associates, I can meet with you.

    What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training?

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training is the psycho-educational component of a therapy designed for persons with self-destructive behaviors, such as self-defeating or self-injurious behavior, suicidal thoughts and actions. Diagnoses of those who may benefit for the program may include personality disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, eating disorders, or alcohol and drug problems.

    I believe self-destructive behaviors are learned coping techniques for unbearably intense and negative emotions. Negative emotions like shame, guilt, sadness, fear, and anger are a normal part of life. Some people are particularly inclined to have very intense and frequent negative emotions. Sometimes, the human brain is simply “hard-wired” to experience stronger emotions, either because of inherited traits or past traumatic events. Additionally, sometimes clients have mood or anxiety disorders that are not controlled by medications and thus lead to emotional suffering and/or emotional vulnerability. A person who is emotionally vulnerable tends to have quick, intense, and difficult-to-control emotional reactions that make his or her life seem like a rollercoaster.

    An invalidating environment is also a major contributing factor to emotional vulnerability. “Invalidating” refers to a failure to treat a person in a manner that conveys attention, respect, and understanding.

    Skills are taught in a four module or education unit format:

    Module 1: Core Mindfulness

    Clients learn to better focus their attention, to be more aware (mindful) of what’s happening within themselves and in their environment, and to make better decisions that include increased use of reasoning rather than just reacting emotionally.

    Module 2: Distress Tolerance

    Clients learn to use coping skills to tolerate distress more effectively and to better cope with problems that they can’t change.

    Module 3: Emotion Regulation

    Clients learn skills to be more aware of emotions experienced and the purpose behind them, and to better manage their emotions so that they less frequently experience extreme “emotional highs and lows”.

    Module 4: Interpersonal Effectiveness

    Clients improve communication skills, learn skills to better balance their lifestyle, and to maintain and improve relationships.


    Have Questions?
    Text or call David Earl Johnson, MSW, LICSW
    at (763) 250-1231
    or dave@ePsyQ.com

    Beacon Therapy Associates
    11141 Zealand Ave
    Champlin, MN 55316
    Phone: (763) 250-1231